In this post I’m going to let you in on some little secrets. As a glass artist I’m frequently asked how I come up with my ideas. How did I get to be so creative?
Lets start with the idea of creativity. Right off the top, let me list a few of the common myths about creativity.
- Only artists are creative.
- There is a limited amount of creativity and ideas out there.
- I’m just not creative
- Some people are blessed with creativity, some are not.
- You need years of training to be creative.
These are just a few, and the ones I hear most often. Let me be clear, every single person has the ability to be creative in their own way, and being creative does NOT require you to be an artist. Creativity doesn’t have to have anything to do with art at all! So get that idea out of your head.
To be creative, or come up with new ideas, I do several things. I’m going to list them, then explain them.
- I look at a lot of images and works of things that I am interested in. Obviously I have a keen interest in art, in particular glass. So I spend a lot of time on the internet looking at images of glass and see what other artists are doing. This doesn’t mean I am copying. Many of us get inspiration from others. Pinterest and google images are great resources to start out with.
2. I Chill out, take walks, exercise, and do lots of non art things. Believe it or not, this is actually when most of my ideas come to me, literally right out of the blue. Its a time when I am not worrying about the day to day issues in life. It opens up your mind to other thoughts. It could even be coloring in one of the adult coloring books.
3. I expose myself to new things. This broadens your mind and imagination. It could be as simple as looking at images of things you are NOT interested in, or reading a new book, taking a different route for your walk, watching a documentary. The list is endless.
This is just the beginning of what I do, and I’ll expand on it later this week. One piece of advice? Keep some scrap paper and a pencil around for those moments when an idea strikes you out of the blue. If I had a dime for every time I’ve had a great idea come into my head, then 10 minutes later its gone, I would be a rich woman.
In my next blog post I’m going to continue this discussion and expand on the basics. In the meantime, give yourself a few minutes a day to just lay around and do nothing. Free up some brain space for your next idea.